The Xeno Gallery is the result of a collaboration
between Vernell Jones and myself. We were introduced through
VeVe, a nonprofit foundation run by the Porter Troupe Gallery
in San Diego, California. It was thought that our common interest
in sci-fi pop would make us compatible partners.
When I first met Vernell he had been constructing robots
from tagboard for some time. My contribution was to bring
his creations into the studio and photograph them using miniature
sets. By adding digital effects I hoped could bring his robots,
also known as "mechs," to life.
Vernell is greatly inspired by a Japanese anime cartoon called
Gundam Wing. It focuses on a rebel army of mech robots and
the teenage warriors who operate them. His obessession with
that show accounted for many of our early talks when we were
first getting to know each other.
Gundam Wing has a devoted following and boasts many fan sites
on the internet. There is a wealth of information out there
to be learned. Not only is Vernell thoroughly familiar with
the story lines and the characters on Gundam Wing, he is also
an expert on the engineering specs of each mech, including
their various weapons and propulsion systems. I was not a
fan of anime or Gundam Wing before I met Vernell, but I am
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